I wanted a simple recipe for sugar cookies as they can be enjoyed that way or used to make more fancy cookies. I found a recipe on the Internet for lemon sugar cookies that looked pretty good so I made a batch. They are okay but as is typical I am showing a recipe below that includes changes I am making to the original recipe. In other words, I have to try making the cookies with my recipe changes and report back to you with results.
This recipe makes about three dozen cookies.
3 cups of flour
1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
2 sticks of butter, softened
2 tsp. of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (one large lemon)
3 tsp. of pure lemon extract
2 teaspoons of grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tsp. of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Process the lemon to get the juice and the zest.
Whisk together the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour in a medium sized bowl.
Mix the butter and sugar on medium speed using a large bowl and an electric mixer.
Add the eggs, lemon zest, lemon extract, lemon juice and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy.
Add all of the flour mixture one cup at a time to the mixing bowl, operating the mixer on low speed.
Increase the mixing speed to medium and mix for no more than 30 seconds.
Use your hands to form dough balls about 1 1/4" in diameter and space them evenly on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Flatten the dough balls to 1/2" thickness with the base of a water glass and sprinkle the tops with sugar.
Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, remove the tray from the oven, let the cookies cool for two minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack using a spatula.
Repeat the above dough use and baking for the remaining two batches.